Dhola-Sadiya: India’s Longest Bridge to be inaugurated by PM Modi

Aerial view of the Longest Bridge in India – the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge on the mighty river Brahmaputra at Sadiya in Assam.

Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate India’s longest bridge over Brahmaputra river in Assam on 24 April. The 9.15-kilometer long bridge will link state of  Assam  with Arunanchal Pradesh.

Image result for dhola sadiya bridgePrime Minister’s Office has already conveyed to the state government that Modi will visit Assam on 24th May to inaugurate the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, said an Assam government statement today.

This will be a strategic development in the North East region as not only the bridge will reduce the time travel for commercial and tourism prospectus driving growth but also aid the Army to swivel in North-East Frontier of the country.

Background

  • Construction began in 2011 under the aegis of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in public private partnership (PPP) with Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd.
  • The bridge was scheduled to become operational from December 2015, but finish of construction works was delayed.
  • The project cost around 10.00 billion rupees and will take around 4.5 years to complete. It is 3.55 kilometres (2.21 mi) longer than the Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai making it the longest bridge in India.
  • The Construction expert team is led by Mr.B.Surya Raju Chief Project Manager, Navayuga Engineering Company Limited, Hyderabad. The project aims to construct a 12.9 metres (42 ft) wide external post tensioned bridge with 183 spans each of 50 metres (160 ft) along with a two lane connecting road from Dhola Bazaar to Islampur Tiniali.
  • When completed, it will become the longest bridge above water in India.

5 facts about ‘Dhola-Sadiya’ India’s longest bridge

Here are five facts about the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, strategic project which would improve road connectivity to the border state of Arunachal Pradesh.

1. The Dhola-Sadiya bridge spans the Lohit River to connect the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

2. In 2011, the construction began under the aegis of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in public private partnership (PPP) with Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd.

3. The bridge is 3.55 kilometres (2.21 mi) longer than the Bandra Worli sea link over the Mahim Bay in Mumbai — the longest bridge in India.

4. The expected date of Bridge Operation will be from May-2016 and the Connecting Highway is scheduled to be operational from April-2017.

5. The bridge will reduce the travel time from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh by four hours.

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